Born January 4, 1950 in Lorain, Joseph graduated from Lorain High School in 1968. He attended Lorain County Community College for two years and then continued his education at Kent State University, where he earned his Bachelor Degree in Education. He attended Bowling Green State University for Graduate Studies as well. He began his career as a substitute teacher, and then became a full time teacher at Black River High School for two years.
In 1978, Joseph began working at U.S. Steel in Lorain. He entered the apprenticeship program and became a certified electrician. For over 30 years, he was employed at the mill (currently employed at Republic Steel), working in several departments, including the Motor Room, Switch Board and most currently the Met Lab. He was a member of the Local 1104 Steelworkers Union.
Throughout the years, he was a member of St. Anthony Church and the Church of St. Peter, both in Lorain. Most recently, he had been attending Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Lorain.
Since he was a young boy, Joseph had a passion for model trains. He regularly attended train shows, and enjoyed collecting and building model trains. He also enjoyed traveling to different places to see actual old trains.
He was a Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, Lake Erie Crushers, Kent State University and The Ohio State University sports fan.
He is survived by his wife of 6 ½ years, Nancy Harper Kurianowicz; his daughter, Andrea, currently residing in St. Louis; his stepson, Joshua (Anne) Rarick, of Augusta, Georgia; his stepgrandson, Caleb Rarick; his brother, Edward, of North Ridgeville; and his nieces and nephews, Tracy Ames, Tina Kurianowicz, Michael Kurianowicz, Kristian Karter and Wendy Lober.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Ivy (nee Jones); and his brothers, Roger and Michael.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, December 17, 2013, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M., in the Dovin and Reber Jones Funeral & Cremation Center, 1110 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Amherst. The family will remain at the funeral center from 4 to 6 P.M., and invite any friends to join them at a dinner reception in the Gathering Center. Closing prayers will be said on Wednesday at 9:30 A.M., in the funeral center, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 A.M., at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, 418 West 15th Street, Lorain. Reveren Father Robert Glepko, Pastor, will be the Celebrant. Interment will take place that same day at 2 P.M., at Grandview Cemetery in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
Contributions, if desired, may be made in his memory to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693 (www.heart.org)